Back in Cloth Diapers


G, clad in cloth

I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve always thought that babies and toddlers just look way cuter in cloth diapers. Plus, I think a nice, soft, cozy cloth diaper must feel much nicer against delicate baby bums than plastic and paper disposables (having said that, however, I recently bought some Huggies Natural disposables for G and I have to say, they are the softest-feeling disposables I’ve ever seen).

Additionally, despite some researchers making the case that disposable diapers are more environmentally friendly because you don’t repeatedlywash them (meaning water and electricity), I’m not buying it.  I see no way that a product that’s manufactured once and used again and again – often handed down to baby after baby – isn’t the greener choice.

So yeah, I am a cloth diaper fan. However, because things have been more than a little hectic since G was born 3 months ago, I hadn’t yet gotten all of my cloth diapers out of storage in our basement to wash and sort for her to wear.That means she’s been in disposables thus far, and I have been truly amazed at the amount of waste we carry out to the trash bins every day or two – plastic garbage bags full of throwaway diapers. It’s really been bothering me.

Over the weekend, Jon and I finally got around to digging out the boxes of infant-sized cloth diapers and covers that we had packed away after C outgrew them, and over the past few days, I got them all washed and sorted. I also bought a few new ones to add to my diaper stash. (Oddly enough, although I am not very domestic in general, I enjoy the zen-like daily task of washing and putting away fluffy cotton diapers ) And starting last night, G is now officially a cloth-diapered baby – all the way.

People ask me all the time whether cloth diapering is a lot more trouble than using disposables. I always point out that today’s cloth diapers are not like the droopy, pinned on squares of birdseye or gauze that our grandmothers had to contend with. Instead, they are super easy to get on and off (velcro and buttons) and can be just as absorbent as disposables if you pick the right ones.  depending on what we’re up to that day, and how long she will be in the diaper, I use a mix of all-in-ones (that’s what G is wearing in the photos), pocket diapers and fitted diapers with covers. The initial investment in high quality cloth diapers can definitely seem a little daunting, but it still ends up being waaaaay cheaper than diapering with disposables over your baby’s entire diaper-clad career. Plus, once you are finished with your diapers, you can easily re-sell them and recoup quite a bit of your initial outlay, as long as they are still in relatively good condition.

Washing the diapers every 1-3 days (depending on how many you have) takes a few minutes, but it’s really no big deal. It’s no worse than hauling all the trash generated by disposables out of the house. The only real hassle with cloth diapering is that they are bulkier to take with you (and bring home in a zipper wet bag) when you are out and about. But that doesn’t really bother me that much.

Do you use cloth or disposables? What kind? And what factored into your decision about how to diaper your baby? Tell me in the comments below (and feel free to ask any cloth diapering questions you may have and I’ll do my best to answer).

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